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Where can you purchase heat pumps?

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Heat pumps can be purchased at home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot as well as direct distributors such as Sears, Lennox, Maytag and Trane. Customers can order heat pumps online, but the energy-efficient system is typically installed by a professional HVAC contractor.

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A variety of manufacturers produce and sell heat pumps, such as Kenmore, General Electric, Coleman, Emerson and Bryant.

The energy-efficient system serves as an air conditioner and furnace to both heat and cool homes and businesses in all seasons. Heat pumps extract heat from the ground through secure piping that is buried underground and transfers air into the interior area. Heat pumps are generally more expensive than traditional central air conditioning units, but the long-term savings through the use of renewable energy may save consumers money.

Purchasing a heat pump that heats and cools your home efficiently may require research to determine the correct size, cost and a unit that maximizes efficiency based on use and temperatures within the geographical area. If the unit is too small, the efficiency may decrease, and the unit may not heat or cool enough to keep occupants comfortable. Many consumers hire an HVAC contractor to calculate the building's heat load, evaluate the home's insulation and natural shade to determine the best model, brand and size.

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